Why do we overeat when we grieve?


I’m going to write a few blogs here that are going to cross over to both of my blogs. Sort of like when the kids from Diff’rent Strokes tv show would show up on the Facts of Life.  (I loved both of those shows, by the way.)Something that I am passionate about is supporting grieving people.  I’m also passionate about overcoming obesity.  And the lack of material out there that talks about the two of them together is pretty much nil.  Surprised? I’m not.  Let me tell you why.

Two very taboo subjects in our culture are grief and weight. It’s only in recent years that people have started focusing on healthy grief after a loss and have realized that they have been going about it the wrong way.  And with obesity, well,  it’s something that no one wants someone to focus on when it is happening to them.   Conversely, no one wants to focus on another person’s obesity either because it is probably going to come off as offensive.

I’m going to write a series of blogs over the next few days and what I want to focus on are four kinds of loss:  loss of a child, loss of a parent, a loss that takes a long time to happen like cancer or Alzheimer’s, and a quick traumatic loss like a suicide or car accident….  or even a public quick (and incredibly traumatic)  loss like 9/11.  I want to focus on why we probably overeat when we are experiencing/have experienced them.  I want to brainstorm ways of PREVENTING that in the future.  So, in bringing it out in the open, I hope to make it less of a taboo subject and get people more proactive in thinking about how they are soothing or comforting their bodies or how they are building up a wall around themselves or how they are thinking that food is the only way to cope, etc.

I’m totally open to any thoughts or ideas about this.  🙂


Diff'rent Strokes

Diff’rent Strokes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)